UWE Bristol - MSc Building Surveying

UWE Bristol

MSc Building Surveying

Obtain a RICS-accredited qualification, heighten your career prospects and develop your managerial and technical skills. The course boasts excellent industry links and high employability levels.

The MSc in Building Surveying is an innovative course for graduates who wish to follow an accredited route towards qualification as a Chartered Building Surveyor and/or Chartered Building Engineer.

You don't need a specific undergraduate degree or related professional experience to study this course. Designed for students from anywhere in the world, the course delivery is accessible to a wide audience with diverse personal and professional backgrounds.

UWE Bristol has developed this course through extensive consultation with employers, in order to offer a comprehensive programme of study. Our links with the profession, locally and nationally, help us maintain a high employability record.

This course is fully accredited as a postgraduate route way to the desired chartered status.

Real-world input

The course's teaching staff includes Chartered Building Surveyors with many years' experience, and we have input from part-time visiting practitioners and speakers. The course also draws upon the research and consultancy carried out in the department.

You will have access to a coherent programme of study in building surveying, underpinned by staff research and consultancy that reflects and answers the needs of professional practice. This will enable you to become an effective member of a building surveying team within a relatively short period.

On the course, we encourage you to examine the links between theoretical concepts, research outputs and the practice of building surveying, while developing your academic skills within a professionally defined framework. You'll also develop an excellent understanding of the multi-disciplinary and multi-professional nature of building surveying.

Entry Requirements

We normally require an honours degree at 2:2 or above.

If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.

Career Prospects

Building Surveying encompasses a wide range of activities related to design, construction and property management. Whilst emphasis is often on existing buildings, building surveyors are involved in all aspects of buildings, from conception, feasibility, design and construction to their strategic and tactical management, repair refurbishment, conversion and conservation.

Both routes of study that UWE Bristol provides are regarded highly by existing and potential employers, and our employability record is excellent. Our graduates often go straight into employment, or use their newfound skills and knowledge to enhance their current roles or to move into management positions with existing employers.

Course Details

Year 1

Advanced Building Surveying (30 credits) - This module focusses on the strategic management role of the building surveyor, bringing together issues relating to the repair, refurbishment and adaptation of buildings. Examine the impact of new technologies and the developing sustainability agenda on practice.
Construction Contract Law (15 credits) - This module looks at the legislative context of contracts and how procurement and contract strategies impact on risk apportionment and management.
Building Pathology (15 credits) - A core area for building surveying - investigating the pathology of how buildings deteriorate, exploring the range of investigative and reporting techniques and protocol a building surveyor uses.
Commercial Development (30 credits) - Here we look at the issues affecting design, selection criteria and performance characteristics in design, construction, and services. We explore the economic and market influences on the feasibility of property development schemes
Conserving Buildings and Places (15 credits) - An introduction to the ideas, principles and practices of conserving the built heritage. It includes an academic consideration of conservation values.
Estates and Strategic Management (15 credits) - A study of the management of an organisation's built estate assets in relation to their corporate goals, considering various environmental factors
Dissertation (60 credits) - This module will equip and guide you to undertake independent research on issues and topics relevant to construction and the built environment.

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